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ABRI November News

Keeping you up-to-date on battery news in Australia and around the world.  Scroll down and click on the ‘read more’ buttons to go to the full news stories.

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ABRI TALKS HARMONISATION AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

This week ABRI President Ben Pritchard, Treasurer Daryl Moyle, and CEO Libby Chaplin travelled to Canberra to discuss operational challenges and opportunities as the recycling sector prepares for the roll out of then proposed Battery Stewardship Scheme.    Separate meetings were held with the Hon Minister Ley, Minister for the Environment, and the Assistant Minister Evans, Minister for Waste Reduction and Environment Management. Highest on the agenda was the opportunity to improve industry efficiency by taking concrete actions to harmonise regulations for battery storage and transport across jurisdictions and across different chemistries.    The discussion confirmed that batteries are high on the agenda for both Ministers and a commitment was made to focus on harmonisation early in the new year.

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ABRI GENERAL MEETING AND CHRISTMAS DRINKS...

The countdown is on to Christmas – only 25 more sleeps – eek!

A reminder the last ABRI General Meeting for the year is being held Tuesday, 3 December in Melbourne, see details below. If you haven’t already confirmed your attendance, please rsvp below.

Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm

Location: Sustainability Victoria, Level 28, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

To celebrate the end of the year and festive season, you are also invited to drinks following the General Meeting, thanks to our friends at Ramcar.

Drinks will be held at Bomba in the rooftop bar, 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

We hope you can join us!!

RSVP FOR MEETING & DRINKS:

rsvp@batteryrecycling.org.au

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LITHIUM AUSTRALIA FAST TRACKS TO A GREENER FUTURE

Recently, Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) expanded its interest in Australia’s only lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycler, Envirostream Australia (‘Environstream’). Since then, Envirostream has cemented its offtake deal with South Korean firm SungEel Hitech (‘SungEel’), one of the world’s largest refiners of spent LIBs.

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OFFICEWORKS CELEBRATES NATIONAL RECYCLING WEEK BY LAUNCHING NEW CUSTOMER BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM

To celebrate Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (November 11- 17), Officeworks has launched a free battery, pen and marker recycling initiative to help customers reduce their waste to landfill, as part of upgrades to recycling stations across most of its stores over the next 12 months.

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INVESTS $3 MILLION TO KICKSTART BATTERY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

Deakin researchers are working to create a new type of battery material that will reduce the cost and environmental impact of high performance batteries. With batteries accounting for the single largest cost of electric cars, we could all benefit from cheaper batteries.

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NEW REACTOR TO POWER AUSTRALIA’S LITHIUM BATTERY INDUSTRY

The Federal Government has announced it will provide $800,000 for a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in regional Victoria to help power Australia’s lithium battery industry.

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INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING INDUSTRIES

On Wednesday 23 October 2019 the Committee adopted an inquiry referred by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, asking the Committee to inquire into and report on innovative solutions in Australia’s waste management and recycling industries.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT 1986 AMENDMENTS CONSULTATION

The Government of Western Australia is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and has released a discussion paper and an Exposure draft Bill.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT BECOMING AN ABRI MEMBER?

ABRI members are actively involved at the forefront of developments in industry and government to address the rapid expansion in the market and ensure that solutions to battery stewardship are practical and far reaching. Together, we influence policy, participate in research, facilitate trials and develop best practices to ensure that battery handling and recovery options are safe, efficient and business friendly. Our members represent the entire supply chain – importers, retailers, energy providers, recyclers, as well as government and research. We rely on member support to provide the latest information, events, best practices and industry trends. If your organisation finds these activities relevant, now is a good time to become involved.

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‘AT LEAST ONE SCRAP FIRE EVERY WEEK IN GERMANY'

There is growing concern among German metal recyclers about the rise in fires at scrap yards. Reported incidents have increased dramatically in 2019, says German steel recyclers confederation BDSV.

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WE'RE TOO EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED TO OUR OLD ELECTRONICS TO THROW THEM OUT

New research has found Aussies are unwilling to throw out their old, unused electronics because of emotional attachments, which is contributing to big problems with our waste management.

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BATTERIES: POST-LITHIUM TECHNOLOGY - HIGH-ENERGY-DENSITY POLYMERIC CATHODE FOR FAST-CHARGE SODIUM- AND MULTIVALENT-ION BATTERIES

Next-generation batteries will probably see the replacement of lithium ions by more abundant and environmentally benign alkali metal or multivalent ions. A major challenge, however, is the development of stable electrodes that combine high energy densities with fast charge and discharge rates.

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THEORY OF PORE-SCALE TRANSPORT TO ENABLE IMPROVED FLOW BATTERIES

Redox flow batteries are an emerging technology for electrochemical energy storage that could help enhance the use of power produced by renewable energy resources. These power resources are inherently irregular in their supply, which doesn’t typically align with demand on the power grid.

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PROCESSOR HIT WITH HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EXPOSURE FINES

Authorities in British Columbia have fined a battery and electronics recycler, saying the company failed to protect workers from exposure to toxic materials.

My conclusion:  A reminder of the importance of keeping safety front and centre for battery processors.

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LITHIUM-ION BATTERY TROUBLES GO BEYOND COLLECTION

California officials are considering regulating lithium-ion battery labels, but an e-scrap processor says they’re missing a bigger issue: Battery-containing electronics are increasingly expensive to process.

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NEW ‘ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY’ LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING FACILITY TO OPEN IN SINGAPORE

TES, the largest e-waste recycler, will be opening two lithium-ion battery recycling facilities with one in Singapore and the other being in France, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon announced on Wednesday (Oct 30).

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